The entire world offers riches and joys, shelter and food exactly as a rattrap offers cheese and pork. And as soon as anyone touches the bait, the door shuts on him and then the person is doomed eternally to chase money, money and more money. In today’s world money is more than a necessity, our way of life pragmatically depends on it. The problem arises when, in the dodged pursuit of this corporate world, people choose to trade happiness for money.
Money is important but it is never a guarantee of happiness. Many successful people take a reverse turn, for example, Chetan Bhagat an alumnus of IIT, IIM, returned to find his call in writing. An artist never paints a piece with an aim of selling it to earn money, but for the sake of her passion and the happiness she derives from it. That means there is something greater than money.
It doesn’t imply that rich people are not happy. Happiness is a state of mind, for the rich and the poor. A millionaire can be happy because of his family, the satisfaction he gets from his work and not merely by the presence of money in his life. Money itself adds no value to someone’s bliss. It’s only through material possessions and happiness is and forever will be something that money can’t buy.
Earn as much as you want to but never let money be the soul driving force of your actions. It is when you move your focus away from money to your craft, you really feel contented. Money is the means to an end and the end is satisfaction. Statistics state that more than half of the Americas are not happy with their jobs. Rational employees refuse to climb the corporate ladder blindly, rather they choose a balanced life. The difference between them and others who are blind folded in this rat race is that the former, with the pursuit of earning money, do not compromise on the happiness that comes their way and end up with less money but more satisfaction.
Millennials surely don’t want to replicate those parents who substitute their presence with costly gifts. Because they understand that a play station or an iPhone cannot compensate for their absence. “The monk who sold his Ferrari” has quite telling anecdotes. Julian Mantle one of the most distinguished trial lawyers with income in seven figures, a spectacular mansion, a private jet and his prized possession — a shiny red Ferrari, which he sells to seek true meaning of happiness!
Happiness is a choice we make and our choices are like our fingerprints, they make us unique. One can choose to be happy with whatever money he has and think of rational and balanced ways of making progress or be desperate in the spurt of earning money which can be accompanied by hypertension, cardiac arrest and then die wondering — What use was that money!